A New Beginning!

Happy weekend to you all!

I thought you might like to see the latest project I’ve embarked upon. It involves these little beauties plus black….except the turquoise one at the bottom left.

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This yarn was a birthday present from my other half way back in February and I’ve been mulling over what to do with it since then. It was going to be another ripple blanket like my other one, then it was going to be a crocheted Klimt style blanket inspired by these but then I saw this one…..and I was bowled over…..completely head over heels!

Here’s my progress so far. Twenty nine squares down, seventy one to go Smile

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I can never resist making changes to patterns (annoying isn’t it?) but there is method in my madness. I’ve decided to knit all of my squares on the diagonal and not to make the black borders by picking up along the edge and knitting as suggested by the pattern. My stitches were uneven and I didn’t like the ridge that formed on the reverse of the finished squares after picking up stitches. I also thought that the back wasn’t looking as tidy as I wanted. I like the back of a project to look as good as the front if at all possible.

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So, I tried a few crochet stitches, with and without chains, one strand of yarn or two, and came up with this method which is the best of a bunch for me.

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I know it’ll take ages to crochet all of the borders but it doesn’t take any brain power so I’ll be able to add the black as and when I wish during spare moments. This is part of the pink set I’ve completed so far.

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Here are the purples.

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These are the blues.

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The pattern is very yarn hungry as it is knitted with two strands at the same time but the squares are lovely and thick and it is going to make a super chunky heavy blanket. I need to buy more yarn to finish the sets but so far I’m really enjoying mixing up the colours and watching the pile of squares grow. You will notice that I haven’t used any orange, yellow or gold yet. Hopefully, when I do get around to knitting those colours they will make the whole thing zing Smile That’s the plan anyway. I’ve no idea which colours are used in the original. I didn’t even look because I already had these colours and wasn’t looking to buy more. 

I wonder what you have all been up to while I’ve had my head in my squares…

Hopefully, you’ve been having fun crafting too!

Avis x

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24 Comments

  1. wow I love how beautifully vibrant the colours are 🙂

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  2. Oh Avis ! I love it!! Its going to be an amazing blanket with all those gorgeous colours…Have fun 🙂
    Izz

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  3. It looks brilliant so far! I love the colours (especially the purple and blues, but those are always my favourites!), and the black borders really add to the squares 🙂 Good job!

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  4. Marvellous! 🙂

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  5. witchylin

     /  April 13, 2014

    WOW! It looks amazing. Like you I love purples and blues. Once the rest of the rainbow colours are added it will look brilliant. Like the idea of knitting it crosswise too. Gives it a fabulous effect. I’d like to knit a sweater the same way………….Must look into that. 🙂

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  6. claire93

     /  April 13, 2014

    you’re going great guns Avis – it’s look very vibrant

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  7. I’ve knit entire afghans on the diagonal (using circular needles). I love the way they look! You have much more patience than me. I would not like assembling all of those squares, but I know that with your attention to detail and needlework, it is going to be awesome. Can’t wait to see the finished work. 🙂

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    • I like the diagonal look too. After a few more squares I’m going to start assembling as I go. It’s my least favourite part of knitting and crochet so I may as well do it in manageable chunks. Actually, I saw a book recently on knitting seamless sweaters, you’ve just jogged my memory so thank you for that 🙂

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  8. It looks incredibly vibrant!

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  9. Crooked Tracks

     /  April 14, 2014

    Wow, I love the colors, they are so bright, this is really going to look super when finished 🙂

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  10. What a great idea. Your version is going to look absolutely splendid 🙂

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  11. Oooooo, interesting and different. I like it a lot. The squares look sort of tweedy with the two colours. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

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    • I’m so excited about this one. I’ve got 71 squares done already and can’t stop knitting to take photos. It’s incredibly addictive. I used to knit pot holders with two strands when I was a kid and they knit up fast and chunky.

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